Abraham Lincoln’s fateful night at the theatre

Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States was assassinated 150 years ago while on a trip to the theatre. Here Dr Jennifer L. Weber, associate professor at the University of Kansas and an expert on the subject of Lincoln, gives a synopsis of the event and a glimpse into the mindset of his… Continue reading Abraham Lincoln’s fateful night at the theatre

#PotW: Aestheticism and Decadence in the Age of Modernism: 1895 to 1945, 17/8 April

This interdisciplinary conference intends to open discussions about the meaning and significance of Aestheticism and Decadence as these movements evolved between 1895 and the mid-twentieth century. Aestheticism and Decadence were not vanquished with Wilde’s imprisonment but, rather, continued as vital and diverse forms in twentieth century aesthetics and culture. Their influence was in some cases… Continue reading #PotW: Aestheticism and Decadence in the Age of Modernism: 1895 to 1945, 17/8 April

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Africa’s ivory trade – a history of criminalisation, corruption and violence

Every decade or so, dating back to the 1970s, there is an upsurge of media interest in the slaughter of elephants for their ivory, and the implications for wildlife conservation. Here, Keith Somerville a senior research fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS), who is currently researching ivory poaching in Africa, provides an account… Continue reading Africa’s ivory trade – a history of criminalisation, corruption and violence

Lee Kuan Yew as Commonwealth statesman

By Dr Ruth Craggs, lecturer in human geography, King’s College London. Politicians and diplomats from around the world have begun to offer tributes this week as it was announced that Singapore’s founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew died on Monday, 23 March 2015. Lee led the People’s Action Party from 1959 and governed Singapore for… Continue reading Lee Kuan Yew as Commonwealth statesman